The 12 essential ways to cook an egg

Carolyn Menyes

How do you like your eggs? Hard-boiled, scrambled, as an omelet, over easy, over hard? What is an over easy egg, anyway? And how is it different from a sunny side up egg?

You may think you know every way to cook an egg, but the 12 essential ways to prepare this staple actually require quite a bit of know-how — even scrambled eggs are surprisingly easy to mess up. So if you want to learn how to cook the best eggs every which way, consider this your comprehensive guide.